- Aug 22, 2022
Good evening, Uncle!
That's a movement assembly stand-off for clocks. The one end – with the big brass cylinder – clamps around the edge of the plate, while the other holds it up from the bench or out from the wall. Usually sold in a set of four, so that one can go at each "corner" of the plate.
Makes it easier to assemble the movement, and can be used to hold the movement away from the wall and hang on a little linked attachment that forms a sort of "V" between two of the clamps. This allows testing the movement before returning it to the case.
Very useful for a clockmaker!
Hey, Betzel, I don’t really understand this reply. You sure you’ve posted to the right thread?I find it's best to place a small/thin piece of cardboard between both sides of the the movement clamp and movement plates to avoid leaving the marks of an amateur on the brass. Business cards work well, and don't use too much torque!
Oh, now I understand!Okay. Sorry, I thought you were going to use this thing.
Think about putting the slot of this tool onto a piece of brass, so the flat back edge is flush up against the edge of your brass sample, and tightening the thumbscrew which is the plastic red knob. As you do, the far edge of the thumbscrew shaft (which is just a screw) will eventually smash into the brass as it tightens up, leaving a nasty mark when you finish your work and release it. Even worse if it slips around. I was suggesting avoiding all this by using a piece of cardboard for protection. It's a lot like those little green felt pads people use on stuff they put on a glass table, so it does not scratch up their table.